After all of the ice and snow that we've had here in Atlanta, I'm ready to think about spring. I set this table for dinner tonight with that in mind. Out went the fall colors, out went the reds and greens of Christmas, and in came celedon and pink with cream.
It's a little hard to tell in this photo, but these dinner and salad plates are the prettiest shade of celedon green. Almost a turquoise, but not quite. They are marked on the back "Pagnossin" and made in Italy.
They seemed to go with these cream colored linens. The placemat is from a set I've had for years. I think my mom gave them to me. The doilies are from an antique auction in Ohio. I have three sizes, so I used them for under the flowerpots, water glasses, and wine tumblers. I just love antique linens and I use them frequently. I even find it pleasurable to iron them. (I know, I know.)
Everything was kept to a pale palate.
These cabbage leaf dishes are majolica reproductions made in Portugal. They make the perfect bread and butter dishes.
Pale pink linen napkins are fanned in a sea glass colored a resin napkin ring from Boxwoods in Atlanta.
I think these water glasses came from Marshall's quite a few years ago. I remember going to several stores to get eight of them. The wine tumblers are from Macy's Martha Stewart line. They are such thin glass that I'm forever afraid of breaking them. I wish I had bought a few extra just in case! The proportions are a little off in this shot. The stem is really much bigger than the tumbler.
I used this French inspired flatware with cream handles and just because the color was so good with this table, I included these zinc knife rests.
I found them at Boxwoods. I'm sure they are reproductions and probably not really made of zinc, but they seem to be washed with it.
Here's the inspiration for the title of the tablescape. These velvet birds came from the floral wholesaler. I placed one at each place setting. Don't they look like old Victorian pieces? I may be rushing the Easter look, but I thought that they made the table a little more interesting. Hopefully, they suggest spring, not Easter just yet.
These candlesticks added a bit more whimsy. They are metal with glass teardrops. I can't remember where they came from.
Using the zinc look from the knife rests, I echoed it in the flower pots. They also came from the flower wholesaler. I filled them with pink roses, pave style.
After I shot this, I remembered that I have some seeded eucalyptus and I should have added it to the arrangement. The blue-green color would have been perfect.
For dessert (lemon cheesecake!) I used these very pale turquoise opalescent plates from Homegoods. They look old, don't they?
Here's an aerial view of the table. These roses were such a surprise. They started out very, very pale pink and darkened as they opened.
Do you feel that spring is a bit closer? I noticed that the days are getting a wee bit longer. It's definitely still winter, but I did feel a little hopeful about the coming of spring. Seed catalogues, anyone?
Look for me to post at Between Naps on the Porch for Susan's Tablescape Thursday blog party. You'll love the entries there.
I'm also posting with Robin's All Things Inspired. Go see the kinds of things that bloggers are entering at her wonderful blog. I am always so inspired by Robin herself!